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October 23, 2010
Gary Pine
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MALIBU, Calif. -- Senior Karla Hill looked as if she was in midseason form despite the fact that Saturday’s Malibu Invitational at Pepperdine University was just her second meet of the 2010-11 season.

Hill registered a pair of career-best times in the freestyle to highlight the Cougars’ collective effort Malibu, while adding another event to her NAIA Championship Meet schedule. A third-year Cougar out of Brentwood, Calif., Hill clocked a career-best 25.84 in the 50-yard freestyle, destroying her former personal best by two-tenths of a second that she set a year ago at this same meet. In addition, she added the 50 free to her growing list of events for the NAIA Championship meet, which is now up to 3.

Hill posted a career-best time in the 100-yard free, as well, swimming a 56.30 to finish 17th out of 78 athletes.

Hill was one of 23 Cougars to compete in the Malibu Invitational, and 1 of 3 to add to her NAIA meet slate. Sophomore Simone Garcia added a fourth event to her NAIA qualification list when she recorded a 2:31.02 in the 200-yard breast stroke, finishing 11th among 31 competitors.

Also, All-American Kaylen Hewko became the first Cougar to qualify for the NAIA’s in the 200-yard butterfly, swimming a 2:18.81.

Sophomore Haley Stevens was pleased to register a personal best so early in the season, swimming a 2:38.02 in the 200 breast.

Azusa Pacific returns to the pool Saturday (Oct. 30) when the Cougars host Biola and La Verne in a tri-meet in Slauson Pool at noon.